Archive for April, 2017

News and Analysis (4/28/17)

Friday, April 28th, 2017

After France says their investigation “proves” Asad’s responsibility:

Tying al-Azhar to the state undermines its legitimacy. “There will be no liberalization of the religious discourse, or anything else for that matter, unless a climate of freedom prevails in society”:

Claiming “the words of the president are beyond review, and his campaign promises and divisive rhetoric can be disregarded after election day … is unsound as a matter of history, law and policy”:

Denying challenges within her Muslim “community in the course of pursuing music” the Muslim singer cites their diversity, “inclusivity and understanding.” And now Boy George is a fan:

“The home was claimed by her brothers. Under Islamic law, Shabana and her two sisters were also entitled to a share of the property, but they were not aware of it”:

The PA is using Hamas’s inability to pay the taxes the PA levies on “Israeli fuel it purchases for Gaza’s sole power plant … to pressure Hamas into new Palestinian elections”:

News and Analysis (4/25/17)

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

The leaders of Iran and Saudi both know “ideas about the value of the individual, rule of law, and representative government ‘are now authentic features of Islamic thought and society'”:

The Communist Party prohibition bars those with common Muslim names “including Imam, Hajj, Islam, Quran, Saddam, Medina and Islam” from access to healthcare and education”:

Her guests on one show have inspired terrorist Anders Breivik, called Huma Abedin and Grover Norquist Muslim Brotherhood conspirators, and called for the annihilation of Islam:

One prisoner was “placed in solitary confinement and denied medical attention even though he had blood in his urine” from internal bleeding from the beating he received:

“Her appointment is a precedent for Israel. Jewish women are prohibited from serving as judges on religious courts”:

“The level of urban development in [Andalusian] cities … with public lighting, libraries and advanced irrigation methods, was way ahead of the rest of the continent” as was tolerance:

The Pope seeks “to strengthen relations with the 1,000-year-old Azhar center that were cut by the Muslim side in 2011 over what it said were repeated insults of Islam by Francis’s predecessor”:

The “former donor to the party … made the comment after he withdrew his application to be Ukip’s candidate in Clacton for June’s general election”:

Trump “said he would prioritize the protection of persecuted Christians. But his first big international rescue of an American citizen was a Muslim woman”:

News and Analysis (4/22/17)

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Some research suggests that Islamic schools may actually promote more free thinking among Muslim-American youth than public schools can”:

Unconvinced after two hours of oral arguments, the judge said the word ‘executive’ must mean something in “executive orders,” so the words of Mr. Trump and Mr. Miller matter”:

One founder recalls her university adviser’s dismissive comment that her decision to write her thesis on Muslim feminists was “nonsense…. Either you’re a feminist or you’re a Muslim”:

The textbook would expose sixth-graders about all major world religions except Islam:

The cleric-dominated Guardian Council “has never allowed a woman to run for president and routinely rejects political dissidents and others calling for dramatic reform”:

French Muslims don’t choose for whom to vote based on religion, but they will not vote for Islamophobes:

From Napoleon’s 1798 invasion of Egypt “until the late 20th   century, … cultural struggles between modernity and tradition … [reveal] constant and contested transformation”:

News and Analysis (4/19/17)

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

As if to demonstrate contempt for Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) covenant for Muslims to protect St. Catherine’s monastery, ISIS boasts of its attack on policemen near the Christian holy site:

NU Leader Said Aqil Siradj says that the Indonesian “form of Islam, called Islam Nusantara, … matches better with Indonesian traditions and culture than more austere Arabic forms of the religion” …

… yet a Muslim won the election in part because many Muslim voters felt the verse translatable as  “Do not take the Jews and Christians as your guardians” prohibits voting for a Christian for governor:

“As a Christian in the United States, I had Sundays off from school. My winter and spring breaks usually freed me up for Christmas and Easter (… and at one point we even got Good Friday off too)”:

“When I saw how sweet my dad’s response was I felt that this proved something; it proved that misconceptions are often made about people who end up being the exact opposite”:

Among the plaintiffs are brides trying to bring parents for their weddings and LGBT refugees. “Most are using pseudonyms in court … because they fear retaliation from the U.S. government if identified”:

“A Taoist (me) gives up his seat so a Hasidic couple could sit together. They scoot over so a Muslim mother could sit and nurse her baby, on Easter Sunday. This is my America: people letting people be people”:

“[My] family did force me not to show my photo on TV. But they do not have a problem with my face being on a poster,” one candidate said, but that her family had no objection her serving in parliament:

News and Analysis (4/16/17)

Sunday, April 16th, 2017


Although “the first female Muslim judge,” kept her first husband’s last name, was once in the Nation of Islam, and did not object to being called Muslim, it unknown whether believed in the Muslim faith:

“A lot of our Arab brothers and sisters didn’t really care about being brothers and sisters until this point when they started having problems”:

Egypt’s “Christian minority has faced Muslim mob violence before, but not a full-scale sectarian campaign”: …

… but “the country’s faith leaders are already ahead in grass-roots reconciliation”:

The Sultan said that “empowering women is one of the positive base to a better, secured and productive society” at a graduation ceremony for “2000 women were [schooled] to live above the poverty line”:

“Uncontrolled power results in disaster…. If someone who represents 80 million people makes a mistake, then 80 million people pay the price” — Opposition leader Kemal KılıçdaroÄŸlu:

A journalist found no evidence of extremism, but reported that a third of the schools cut off or isolated “children from mainstream society … [and] voiced concerns about … the level of German spoken”:

News and Analysis (4/13/17)

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

“Egyptian men and women rushed to mosques in Tanta to donate blood” in response to a call that came as blood “stocks at the hospitals were beginning to run out” …

… but for the Egypt’s dictator the attack means even more power:

A fellow protester “said the picture of Birmingham painted by the EDL and others as ‘the Jihadi capital of Britain’ was completely wrong. ‘Everybody lives alongside each other in complete harmony'”:

The Feds closed their investigation after the town agreed to allow the Muslims to build a smaller cemetery:

A former chief judge of the state Court of Appeals calls her “a superb jurist and an even more superb human being … a very gentile, lovely lady … [about whom] people would say only … wonderful things”:

“I practice Sharia when I live a life in keeping with the guidance of the Quran … treating everyone with dignity and respect, being honest, kind and trustworthy and being a good citizen of the land I live in”:

New Atheists need “look no further than the most recent slaughters of civilians in Yemen and Mosul for the replenishment of the already manifold reasons” behind Muslim militancy:

“President Vladimir Putin and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive U.S. actions against Syria were not permissible and violated international law” …

… and now although Khamenei urged “Ahmadinejad to stand down[,] … many hard-liners in Iran seek a tough-talking candidate to rally around who can stand up to US President Trump”:

News and Analysis (4/8/17)

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

“Experts suggest it could have been jihadi rebels [to blame]. It wouldn’t be the first time”:

“We are asking for an impartial international fact-finding body to be set up … to find out where these chemical weapons came from”:

“With lyrics like ‘Not your exotic vacation / I’m bored with your fascination,’ what underlies Haydar’s pop anthem is a powerful political messages of personal freedom and solidarity”:

She told supporters of an “Islamic school for women … amid a nationwide [LGBT] crackdown[,] ‘All people have the right to worship God, not just some people. That’s the truth in Islam'”:

Organizers insist that the Englishman, who has apologized saying, “It was never my intention to cause offence,”  had no idea that anyone would find his remix offensive:

News and Analysis (4/5/17)

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

The U.S. appears once again to be positioning itself to ignore reports that someone (we wonder who?) has supplied the rebels with chemical weapons:

Police said the victims share in the blame because “[i]t is illegal to transport cows, but people ignore it and cow protectors are trying to stop such people from trafficking them”:

“[I]n an interview with the Breitbart website last year [Trump said that e]ven Muslim children shouldn’t be admitted … because of the possibility that they might one day become extremist”:

Seeking to discuss U.S. “founding values and freedom for Americans of all faiths,” one participant soon saw engagement is ineffective with one not committed to being “president for all Americans”:

It “appears to mark a victory by national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who [has been quoted saying] … he felt he was in a battle to the death with Mr. Bannon and others on the White House staff”:

“Unlike the Women’s Mosque of America, which hosts women’s-only Friday prayers, Qal’bu Maryam will welcome both men and women to worship. But … services will be led entirely by women”:

The Penny Appeal hopes scholars will refute the erroneous belief “that adoption is a sin … [so] more Muslims will consider applying to adopt a child who desperately needs a safe and loving home”:

[R]eligious-based discrimination and surveillance, … Trump’s backdoor Muslim ban and his resounding silence about attacks on mosques, the bullying of Muslim kids,” are unmentioned in the ad:

News and Analysis (4/2/17)

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

“Even in death, we’re being denied our place as human beings. Don’t do that, please” — Boufeldja Benabdallah, long-time Quebec City resident:

“American residents were more likely to be murdered last year because they were Muslims than they were to die at the hands of extremist Muslims”:

Restrictions imposed Saturday add prohibitions on long beards, face veils, and home-schooling to rules already on the books such as “the surrender of passports and mandatory GPS trackers in cars”:

Some complain “that while the video was “empowering and catchy… hijab is all about modesty and humbleness in attitude, and this video represents the complete opposite”:

“Turkey insists that its own non-Kurdish Syrian proxy force tackle Raqqa, and accuses both the US and Russia of backing a ‘terrorist’ group that is determined to create a Kurdish mini-state”: